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LES Job Shadowing Program

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Realizing the importance of recruiting future librarians, the ACRL Literatures in English section has begun a job shadowing program for those interested in becoming Humanities Librarians.  Job shadowing is a way for potential librarians to learn more about the field of librarianship and the day-to-day work of a librarian.  It will also help future librarians form mentoring relationships and begin the important work of networking.  This program is open to anyone in the United States.  We welcome undergraduate students, graduate students, and those considering switching careers.   LES will match those interested in a job shadowing opportunity with volunteers from LES.  The actual job shadowing usually takes place over the course of one day.

If you are interested in being hosted by an LES librarian, please fill out this form. We will attempt to match you with an academic librarian working at an institution in your area.

If you are an LES member who would like to volunteer to host someone, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at  If you’ve previously expressed interest in hosting someone, your name is on the list and there’s no need to let me know again.

Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.  More information can be found here.

Do They Still Teach Edith Wharton?: Keeping Current with the Field of English

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

A Joint Meeting of the LES New Members Discussion Group and General Membership MeetingHow do you keep the resident medievalist happy, while selecting intriguing titles for the Early Americanist with an interest in psychoanalytic theory? What is post-postmodernism all about, and should you care? As you sort your Web 2.0 from your Web 3.0 and other developments in librarianship, how do you also stay on top of the field of English? Please join the LES New Members Discussion Group/General Membership Meeting for a conversation on techniques for keeping current in English when the ALA Choice reviews just won’t do. Bring a list of your favorite publications, conferences, and other time-saving tips to contribute to the discussion!Please join the joint LES New Members Discussion Group/General Membership Meeting in the Franklin Room of the Washington Plaza Hotel on Saturday, June 26, from 4-5:30pm for a conversation on techniques for keeping current in English.  We’ll also have a report from LES’ Executive Committee and the Membership Committee.If you have questions or comments, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (, Jaena Hollingsworth (, or Mary Thill ( you can’t make it to this sessions, but have some tips and tricks you want to share with your colleagues, please feel free to list them in the comments!

Juggling Responsibilities: LES New Members Discussion Group at ALA 2010 Midwinter on 01/16/10

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Has your library recently asked you to take on “just one” more department or committee? Did you study literature, but now find yourself responsible for linguistics and composition studies? Perhaps your growing to-do list has kept you from your own research interests, collection management, or the latest professional literature? In this era of hiring freezes, budget cuts, and information gluts, librarians in the humanities must juggle a growing number of responsibilities. Please join the LES New Members Discussion Group for a conversation on techniques for keeping current, favorite time-saving applications, and stress-busting tips.  This discussion group is open to members new and old.  We’ll be meeting on Saturday January 16th from 4:00-5:30 in the Plymouth Room at  the Hyatt Regency Boston.

If you have suggestions for topics you would like us to be sure and discuss, please drop a note to either Arianne or Mary.  We’d especially like to know if you’d be interesting in talking briefly about a specific time-saving application!

If you can’t make it to Midwinter or to the discussion group, please feel free to write some thoughts and suggestions in the comments to this post.

We hope to see you there.


Arianne Hartsell-Gundy ( and Mary Thill (

New Members Discussion Group at Annual

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Attention all LES members, new and old.  Please plan to join us for the New Members Discussion Group on July 12th from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Palmer House State Ballroom for engaging discussion and genial conversation about our shared work as literature bibliographers.  Are you new to the profession? Bring your questions and queries. Are you a seasoned veteran? Come share your wisdom, tried and true strategies, or, maybe even learn something new. At the New Members Discussion Group we talk about what you want to talk about. Coping with change at your library? Managing a controversial collection? Just been asked to become the new Digital Humanities Librarian?  Together we can share what we know to address these challenges.  Come share your questions and experience.

If you have suggestions for topics you would like us to be sure and discuss, please drop a note to either Frank or Arianne, and we will weave them into the conversation.

And if you can’t make it to Annual, please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments of this post.See you there!

Co-chairs,  Frank Gravier ( & Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (

Using Discovery-Based Learning to Engage Students with Information Literacy

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Okay this might be a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I’ll be co-leading (along with Eric Resnis, Information Literacy Librarian at Miami University) an ACRL Instruction Section Current Issues Discussion Group at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  Here’s a brief description:

The purpose of this discussion session is to begin a dialogue about discovery-based learning techniques and how they might be utilized in information literacy instruction.  Attendees will explore the tenets of discovery-based learning, their relationship with active learning techniques, and the pro/cons of using these methods. The conveners will use their experiences with a university-wide learning community to springboard conversations on incorporating new pedagogical concepts in the classroom.

Date, Time Location: 7/12/2009 Sunday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hotel: Sheraton Chicago; Room: Sheraton BR I

I realize that this is at the same time as the LES Collections Discussion Group, so many of you won’t be able to come.  I’d love to hear your thoughts though on this topic since I know many of us have instruction as part of our job duties.  In fact here are two of the questions we’re going to ask:

1.      How do you incorporate active learning into a 50-minute one-shot deal?  How do we deal with the constraints of the method and still teach effectively?

2.      Does your university/college have any campus-wide initiatives to engage students in learning?  Has the library been involved with these initiatives?

Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.  Also, if you’d like the handouts from the session, please send me an e-mail at  I’ll send out handouts to those interested right after the conference.

See you all in Chicago!

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy